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Opening this week in Bellingham: “This is Where I Leave You,” “Tusk,” “The Maze Runner”

OPENING THIS WEEK

David Bowie Is

Not rated; 100 minutes. Director Hamish Hamilton’s look at the “David Bowie Is” exhibit at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Tue)

Dr. Strangelove

PG; 95 minutes. An insane general sparks a nuclear war that a group of politicians and generals desperately try to stop. Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Terry Southern.

No critical review available.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 2 (Sun)

Jealousy (La Jalousie)

Not rated; 77 minutes. The film looks at how one man’s decision to leave one woman and begin a relationship with another changes all their lives and the directions and decisions they make for the future. Louise Gorrel, Anna Mouglalis, Rebecca Convenant.

No critical review available.

Playing: Limelight

Times: 12:30 (Sun), 1:45 (Sat), 5 (Sun), 6 (Fri, Mon-Thu), 6:15 (Sat)

Johnny Guitar

Not rated; 110 minutes. A woman who runs a saloon in an old West town looks forward to the arrival of rail service but finds herself at odds with a woman rancher who doesn’t want change coming to the town. A friend of the saloon owner, Johnny Guitar, comes to her aid. Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Thu)

Jonathan Safran Foer Book Talk

Not rated; 60 minutes. Author Jonathan Safran Foer discusses his book, “Eating Animals,” a look at the traditions behind eating and why we choose to eat some animals but not others.

No critical review available.

Playing: Limelight

Times: 12 (Sat)

The Maze Runner

PG-13, thematic elements, intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action; 108 minutes. A group of teens are brought to an isolated and vast maze, where they must dodge the “Grievers,” super-sized spiders, and elude the maze itself before it closes and crushes them. Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ami Ameen.

* 1/2 This month’s “young adults save the future” film franchise is “The Maze Runner,” an indifferent quest tale about boys trapped in a gigantic maze with no idea how they got there. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:10, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20

IMAX: 12:50, 4:20, 7:10, 10

RPX: 11:30 a.m., 2:15, 5, 7:50, 10:40

Second Opinion

Not rated; 76 minutes. Documentary looks at a man hired to do a biography of a Sloan-Kettering researcher and then risks his career after fnding evidence of a cover-up of the effectiveness of a unconventional therapy.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 4 (Sun)

This is Where I Leave You

R, language, sexual content, some drug use; 103 minutes. A dysfunctional family comes together after their father dies and finds that all of the old rivalries, anger and petty complaints soon rise to the surface. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver.

* * 1/2 It’s a cluttered, messy, manipulative movie, with too many scenes giving away their finish line right from the start ... But the players are on-the-money here, and their interplay is where this flimsy funeral farce leaves you laughing. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20

Trailer Wars

Not rated; 60 minutes. Historical drama is the theme of this edition of the fake movie trailer competition.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 9 (Wed)

Tusk

R, some disturbing violence and gore, language, seuxal content; 102 minutes. Director Kevin Smith returns with a tale of man who travels to Canada to interview someone for his podcast and meets an old man who puts him in motral danger. Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp.

* 1/2 Jay and Silent Bob may have been put out to pasture, but in this not-even-faintly scary, rarely funny horror comedy, Smith is still sucking down big gulps of empty calories and hoping we’ll laugh at his belch. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:50, 4:30, 7:20, 9:55

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Not rated; 108 minutes. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Shakespeare’s romance involving two young noble men who fall in love with the same young woman. Mark Arends, Michael Marcus, Sarah McRae.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 7 (Wed)

A Walk Among the Tombstones

R, violence, disturbing images, language, brief nudity; 113 minutes. A private investigator is hired by a drug kingpin to discover who kidnapped and killed his wife. Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harper.

No critical review available.

Playing: Barkley Village.

Times: 1:10, 4:10, 7, 9:50

Ongoing

As Above / So Below

R, bloody violence/terror, language; 93 minutes. A team of explorers, searching the catacombs under Paris, uncover a dark secret. Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge.

* 1/2 Hardly credible, even for a film claiming that the gates of hell lie a few hundred feet below Paris ... this low-budget effort from director John Erick Dowdle and writer-producer-brother Drew Dowdle provides a few late scares after plenty of eye-rolling setup.— ASSOCIATED PRESS

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:40 a.m., 10:15

Boyhood

R, language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use; 163 minutes. A groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke.

* * * *  “Boyhood” is too bloody long, but it’s hard to think of good places to cut. Every campout scene / teens-riding-in-cars momentis at least interesting, and they all create the texture of the times and that stage in someone’s life. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11:30 a.m. (Sat), 12:30 (Sun), 2:45 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 5:45 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu), 6 (Sun)

Dolphin Tale 2

PG, some mild thematic elements; 104 minutes. Winter the dolphin loses his companion at the aquarium and the staff has to deal with the loss Winter faces and efforts to close down the facility. Nathan Gamble, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman.

* * “Dolphin Tale 2 will hold the interest of its youngest viewers while it teaches, which is all any parent can hope for from a kids’ film. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:20, 3, 6:40, 9:35

The Drop

R, some strong violence, pervasive language; 105 minutes. Members of the mob focus on the owners and customers of a Brooklyn bar that is used as a “drop” for illegal money that someone stolen and the mob members want back. Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, John Ortiz.

* * * 1/2 “The Drop” is a simmering thriller from the writer who gave us “Mystic River” and “Gone, Baby Gone,” a tale heavy with the weight of violence we know is coming. Eventually.” — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:45 a.m., 2:30, 5:20, 8, 10:35

Frank

R, language and some sexual content; 100 minutes. A young man who writes songs finds his life forever changed with an encounter with a wild singer/songwriter who wears a plastic head over his skull. Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender.

* * * “Frank” feels like a “festival film,” aimed squarely at one festival, the one that is the setting of its third act. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12:30 (Sat), 1 (Sun), 4:40 (Wed), 8:40 (Sun), 8:55 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu)

The Giver

PG-13, mature thematic image, some sci-fi action/violence; 94 minutes. A young man in a future utopian society starts to discover there is more to life, both past and future, than the regemented “sameness” of his community. Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Odeya Rush, Meryl Streep.

* * ½ While “The Giver” scores points for being smarter and deeper than “The Hunger Games” or its inferior photo-copy (“Divergent”), coming after all those other versions of this plot does neither it, nor us, any favors. “The Giver” has nothing new to offer. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:20, 3:50, 6:20, 9:15

Guardians of the Galaxy

PG-13, intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some language; 121 minutes. An Amercian pilot finds himself to be the target of a manhunt after he claims an orb from the vengeful Ronan. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, John C. Reilly.

* * *  They’re going to make more “Guardians,” which is both good news and bad news. Director/ co-writer James (“Super”) Gunn won’t have the novelty of introducing us to this universe and these weirdos again. And since that’s pretty much the whole joke here, how will he get a curtain call out of them? — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12, 3:10, 6:10

3D: 9:10

If I Stay

PG-13, thematic elements, some sexual material; 103 minutes. A young woman left in a coma after an accident reviews her life and relationships as a medical team fights to save her life.

* * ½ Manipulative, contrived, melodramatic — all labels we slap on that most perfectly titled movie genre, “the weeper.” All fit “If I Stay” like original packaging. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:30, 4, 6:55, 9:30

Let’s Be Cops

R, language, some graphic nudity, violence, drug use; 104 minutes. Two losers travel to Los Angeles, where they discover they can impress people and pickup girls while impersonating policemen. Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev.

* ½ The laughs are loud, lewd and low in “Let’s Be Cops,” a spoof of cop “buddy pictures” that is pretty much the definition of “an August comedy.” — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:40, 3:20, 6:50, 9:25

Lucy

R, strong violence, disturbing images, sexuality; 89 minutes. A young woman gets caught up in a plot to transport a powerful new drug to Europe and winds up having the drug released into her body during the trip, causing immense increases in her brain power.

* * ½ “Lucy” is so brisk it’ll give you whiplash. Even marginal thrillers benefit from a director and star who have a sense of urgency and are as hell-bent as this on not overstaying their welcome. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 Sun: 11:30 a.m., 5:30, 7:40, 9:50

Magic in the Moonlight

PG-13, brief suggestive comments, smoking throughout; 99 minutes. A theatrical conjurer is attracted to a young woman who presents herself as a medium, the kind of act that the man constantly denounces as fake. Colin Firth, Emma Stone.

* *  “Magic’ lacks too many things to rank among (Woody) Allen’s better recent films ... But the biggest shortcoming is right there in the title, a tease if ever there was one. Where’s the “Magic?” — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Limelight

Times: 2:30 (Sun), 3:30 (Fri, Mon-Thu), 3:45 (Sat), 7 (Sun), 8 (Fri, Mon-Thu), 8:15 (Sat)

No Good Deed

PG-13, violence, terror, language; 84 minutes. A suburban housewife finds herself and her family under attack by an escaped convict who convinces her to let him make a call about his broken down car and in turn starts menacing her and her family. Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, Leslie Bibb.

No critical review available.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:30, 2:50, 5:40, 8:10, 10:25

Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtles 3D

PG-13, sci-fi action violence; 100 minutes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Whoopi Goldberg, the voices of Tony Shalhoub, Johnny Knoxville, Danny Woodburn

* *  The action beats are bigger and better than they’ve ever been in a Ninja Turtle film — brawls, shootouts, a snowy car-and-truck chase with big explosions and what not. But in between those scenes is an awful lot of chatter and exposition. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1, 3:30, 6:15, 9

The Trip to Italy

Not rated, profanity; 108 minutes. A pair of friends travel to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, sampling the food, checking out the local women and engaging in an ongoing conversation that is occasionally wild and rude and often very funny. Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon.

* * * 1/2 The formula of “The Trip” is repeated — two actors, one semi-famous with a reutation of unpleasantness, the other even less famous — off on a dining tour, riffing, debating, insulting and driving. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 2 (Wed), 3 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu), 6 (Sun), 6:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon, Wed), 9:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu)

When The Games Stands Tall

PG, thematic material, a scene of violence, brief smoking; 115 minutes. The coach and players on one of the country’s most successful high school football team has to re-examine their approach and dedication when their win streak comes to an end. Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Laura Dern.

* *  When the Game Stands Tall” is a solid if unsurprising and uninspiring melodrama built around high school football, faith-based but “Friday Night Lite.” — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 2, 4:45, 7:30

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